Bulls use their horns for attacking predators, but for vehicles, bull bars function more on the defensive side. Aside from giving your vehicle those muscles that will make it look intimidating, these bars can also provide the collision protection you need, especially when you’re driving off-road.
Here at KP Fabrication & Welding, we are dedicated to providing solutions that will improve our client’s safety and overall driving experience. As such, we’ve listed some of the reasons why you would need a bull bar.
Overview of Bull Bars
Have you ever tried playing any type of contact sports? If so, then you would probably be familiar with the concept of bull bars. Just imagine receiving a powerful kick in the face without any protective gear and you’d understand how important a bull bar is for your vehicle. While your truck or 4×4 is made of strong metal materials, its front-end can be quite fragile. A huge tree branch or an oversized boulder could easily punch through it; needless to say, you may be looking at expensive repairs.
Roads can undeniably be dangerous and meeting accidents there are highly plausible. When you don’t equip your vehicle with the necessary protection, it can suffer from serious damages. A lot of truck and 4×4 owners choose to modify their vehicles to increase their defence features, however it’s worth noting that one of the best off-road mods is a bull bar.
Bull bars are accessories that are mounted to a vehicle’s front-end, and they mainly protect the vehicle and it’s passengers from serious damages or injuries. They come in various sizes, forms and construction styles, and are typically made from highly durable aluminium or steel tubing. Here at KP Fabrication & Welding, we specialise in customising and installing aluminium bull bars.
If you want to know some of the reasons why we prefer this material, check out our article which compares stainless steel and aluminium accessories for trucks. Meanwhile, let us explain to you all the benefits you can enjoy when you opt to install a bull bar.
- Protection against Animal Collisions
When you hit a sizeable animal like a kangaroo, the collision can damage your car and leave you stranded. With a sturdy bull bar mounted to your vehicle however, you can protect its front-end, meaning that you can increase the chances of your cars survival even in the event of a collision with another animal. Ideally, you wouldn’t want to get into an accident or hit anything, however kangaroos and other animals can jump out from nowhere and sometimes, when you least expect it. With this in mind, it’s better to be safe than sorry by installing a bull bar on your vehicle, but also work to lower the chances of colliding with an animal by avoiding driving during dusk or dawn.
- Protection from Off-Road Elements
When you’re driving off-road, your vehicle can be exposed to all kinds of hazards, including rocks, sticks and ruts, among many others, which can get stuck in odd places. With a bull bar installed, you don’t have to worry when you’re unknowingly driving towards a log that could impale your vehicle, or sticks that may get caught up through your front underbody and potentially damage your vehicle. Bull bars are made of a hard material that can be harder to pierce as compared to plastic.
- Useful as a Mounting Point for Winches
Of course, we won’t deny that there are several ways to mount winches, however the easiest way to do so is by mounting them onto a bull bar. Even if you don’t plan on purchasing a winch, having a bull bar can be beneficial if you’re thinking of reselling your vehicle in the future.
- Good Mounting Point for Other Accessories
If you love driving in sand dunes, it’s essential to have a sand flag equipped, which is best mounted at the front of your vehicle. A strong and sturdy bull bar can be a reliable point from where you can mount your sand flag. If you’re planning to install additional driving lights, bull bars can also provide as a base that’s stiffer than any nudge bar. It’s worth noting that bull bars are also ideal for mounting UHF antennas.
- Improving the Approach Angle
Bull bars can also help you improve your vehicle’s approach angle so you can avoid touching the terrain. If the bar does come into contact with the elements on your way, it would only suffer as much damage as its original plastic bar- after all, bars can only be scuffed whilst plastics can break.
- More Convenient for Installing Recovery Points
Before, there were many vehicles that had simple chassis rails which extended out front, but these days, recovery loads are becoming increasingly popular. The great thing about customised bull bars is that they can be fitted with recovery points. Other bars can also help make the chassis more visible so points can be added to it, however it’s worth noting that it can be difficult to fit recovery points without a bull bar.
- Enhancing your Vehicle’s Aesthetic Appeal
Aside from the aforementioned benefits, bull bars can also improve the aesthetic appeal of your vehicle, giving it unique character and style. Having a premium quality bull bar mounted to your vehicle just shows how much you value good craftsmanship and design.
With all the advantages you can enjoy from having a bull bar, you may still be wondering if installing one will affect the road capability of your vehicle. Well, here at KP Fabrication & Welding, we offer aluminium bull bars that are strong yet lighter than their steel counterparts, therefore you can rest assured knowing that this accessory won’t be weighing your vehicle down.
Aside from that, we design our bull bars to withstand the harsh Australian conditions. Our bull bars are resistant to corrosion, so you don’t have to worry about them wearing out any sooner. Of course, since bull bars protect vehicles, they are also prone to damages and bending. Fret not though, because even in the event of an accident, there’s no need to replace your bull bar if it’s not utterly damaged, as bull bars can easily be brought back to their original form.
If you want to have a top-notch bull bar for your UTE, 4×4 or truck, contact KP Fabrication & Welding today! Simply contact us and you can get a FREE QUOTE!